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Announcements (see also Initiatives with calls and Announcement Archive)

U.S. Department of Energy designates FRIB as DOE Office of Science user facility

The U.S. Department of Energy has designated the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University as an Office of Science user facility. U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced the designation at a special ceremony held outdoors at MSU, under a tent adjacent to FRIB.

The university is establishing FRIB under a cooperative agreement with the DOE Office of Science, supporting the mission of the Office of Nuclear Physics. FRIB will enable scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes (short-lived nuclei not normally found on Earth), nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security and industry. More than 1,400 scientific users are poised to conduct research at FRIB when user operation commences in early 2022.

For more information visit MSU Today

FRIB Bridge Faculty Call [proposal deadline, November 30, 2020]

FRIB-TA Bridge Program proposals
The FRIB Theory Alliance's (FRIB-TA) Bridge Program is one of several initiatives to foster advancements in theory associated with the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. It aims to enhance opportunities for theory faculty hires at universities or theory staff hires at national laboratories in low-energy nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, and quantum many-body theory of relevance to FRIB's scientific program.

Each bridge position will support a new faculty member at a university or a new staff member at a national laboratory, with a 50% cost-share with the host institution, for up to six years. We understand that the pandemic might create challenges (but also, perhaps, unique opportunities) for planning and executing a search, and have accordingly allowed for some flexibility in the start date. We seek proposals for bridge hires that take place as early as the summer of 2021 and up until the fall of 2022.
For addition information see FRIB TA initiatives.

Theoretical Nuclear Physics, Florida State University [review of applications will start on September 1, 2020. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2021]
The Florida State University (FSU) Physics Department invites exceptionally qualified candidates to apply for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in theoretical nuclear physics with emphasis on the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). The initial appointment is partially funded by the FRIB Theory Alliance. A successful candidate is expected to make significant contributions to the FRIB science mission.
For addition information see
Job Postings.
Paul Gueye, The (Hidden) Shades of Physics - Perspectives of being a Black Physicist
Paul Gueye, Associate Professor of Physics at Michigan State University National Superconduction Cyclotron Laboratory shares The (Hidden) Shades of Physics - Perspectives of being a Black Physicist
Results of elections for the FRIB-TA board
The elections results are in and Jonathan Engel (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Amy Lovell (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Daniel Phillips Ohio University) and Kate Jones (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) have been selected to serve this time. Please join us in extending our gratitude for their willingness to serve.
FRIB-TA Bridge faculty appointment at North Carolina State University
Dr. Sebastian Koenig initiated his Assistant Professor appointment in Jan 2020 at North Carolina State University, Department of Physics. This is the third bridge faculty appointment under the FRIB-TA Bridge Program.
Announcing the FRIB theory fellows of 2020
The FRIB Theory Alliance conducted a search for two new FRIB theory fellows in the Fall of 2019. The search committee received many excellent applications and selected a shortlist of five. The interviews took place in the beginning of December 2019. Following the recommendation of the search committee Chloë Hebborn and Christian Drischler were selected as the two new FRIB theory fellows. Chloë will be hosted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Christian will be hosted by Michigan State University. Please join the FRIB-TA in congratulating Chloë and Christian and wishing them a successful stay at LLNL and MSU.
Third FRIB Theory Bridge Faculty Position Host Institution Selected
Florida State University has been selected as the host of the third FRIB Theory Bridge Faculty position. All of the proposals were strong and we thank the applicants for their diligent efforts in preparing the submissions. Please join me in congratulating our FL-State colleagues. Details about the FRIB Theory Bridge program and procedures are given: here.
FRIB Theory Alliance EUSTIPEN Program - The EUSTIPEN program has been suspended due to travel restrictions with COVID-19. Please check back when global travel resumes.
EUSTIPEN Mission: The Europe-U.S. Theory Institute for Physics with Exotic Nuclei (EUSTIPEN) has been established in order to facilitate collaborations between U.S.-based and Europe-based scientists whose main research thrust is in the area of the physics of nuclei. U.S. participation in EUSTIPEN is in the form of travel grants and subsistence grants to ECT* in Trento to those individuals who are interested in collaborating with European scientists. EUSTIPEN’s purview is in the area of physics of or with exotic nuclei, including nuclear structure and reaction theory, nuclear astrophysics, and tests of the standard model using exotic nuclei. Funding for EUSTIPEN is being provided through the FRIB Theory Alliance by the Office of Nuclear Physics of the U. S. Department of Energy.

If you have an interest in forging new or continuing collaborations with European colleagues, this travel grant is for you. Students and postdocs are encouraged to apply.

For additional information regarding EUSTIPEN click here.


Good News!

FRIB theory fellow has accepted staff position at LLNL
Dr. Gregory Potel, an FRIB theory fellow from 2016 to 2019, has accepted a staff position in the Nuclear Data and Theory Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His research is on low-energy reaction theory and he intends to continue being involved with FRIB theory alliance activities. Congratulations Gregory!